Shining Tides is a historic waterfront mansion in the greater Cape Cod, Massachusetts area. This manor has the style and elegance of a traditional New England coastal abode, with a grey and white exterior and a sprawling green lawn overlooking the water. Couples can find this mansion on the Mattapoisett Harbor, approximately 15 minutes from New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can invite up to 250 guests to their wedding celebration at Shining Tides. The festivities can begin with a breezy ceremony on the mansion’s private beach. Couples can marry with their toes in the sand or their feet planted firmly on the fresh green lawn. In the distance, the harbor’s bright blue waters are sprinkled with white watercraft. The horizon is but a faint line where the sky meets the sea. Following a couple’s “I dos,” guests can mingle on the lawn for a cocktail reception while couples use the venue and its scenic grounds for wedding portraits as the sun sets. Receptions can take place on the newly expanded porch of this coastal manor house. Here, they can dine and dance under the stars.
This venue may be used for wedding celebrations of all varieties, from ceremonies and receptions to bridal showers, engagement parties, and rehearsal dinners. Helpful staff will assist couples with their event planning in the months and weeks leading up to the day of the wedding. This waterfront location also provides chairs, tables, and other event rentals for the couple’s big day. Guests can delight in onsite parking for the wedding, making traveling to this destination more convenient.
This house was built by the Charles A. King family of Boston in 1887 whence they purchased this land near the mouth of the Mattapoisett River. At that time, the facility was fondly referred to as “The Reservation.” After World War II the house became a popular summer inn and eventually earned the name Shining Tides. It was purchased by the leadership of the YMCA in 1963 along with 25 adjoining acres on the Mattapoisett Harbor. After going through a period of use as a summer camp, the property was renovated for year-round use and now serves as a preschool and after-school camp when it’s not hosting weddings and other glamorous events.
27 Reviews for Shining Tides
Recommended by 96% of couples
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· Married on 09/21/2019
Amazing experience all around!!
I would 100% recommend this venue to anyone! Elizabeth was amazing and so was the team of Russel Morrins the catering company. I still can’t even believe how they perfectly executed my vision of the whole space to come alive. Our guests are still raving about the venue and also the food! Which I feel like never happens at weddings. This is an exciting, yet stressful time in your life... do yourself one favor & book here to make your wedding just as perfect as mine was :)Sent on 10/02/2019
Olivia · Married on 09/07/2019
Shining Tides is a gorgeous yet laid back venue, which was exactly what my husband and I were looking for. So many of our guests commented on what a beautiful setting it was for both ceremony and reception. Elizabeth is wonderful to work with--extremely responsive, flexible and kind. The added bonus of your payment contributing to the YMCA scholarship fund puts Shining Tides over the top as a choice for a wedding venue!!Sent on 09/26/2019
jessica milewski · Married on 09/07/2019
Wedding at shining tides
Everything at shining tides truly exceeded my expectations. I’m a pretty controlling and high maintenance person at times so I was definitely worried about things looks perfect.. I was literally shocked at how perfect everything was .. the lighting came out just as I had hoped, the views were unreal, communication was spot on. The nice thing about shining tides is that it’s really just a beautiful shell and you can do whatever you want with the space! You can do everything on a budget or opt for some classier higher end options.. it’s not a cheesy one size fits all venue. Highly highly recommend! Plus, the catering company they use is soooo good. Definitely on the pricier side but everyone said our food was the best they ever had at a wedding!Sent on 10/04/2019